What is a chin surgery?

Chin Surgery can be one of the most striking cosmetic facial procedures. Many individuals have very recessive profiles due to the fact that their lower face and jaw have not developed properly. This is frequently a genetic situation and other family members may exhibit similar traits.

Chin Surgery

In addition to complimenting the profile, chin surgery can also tighten and enhance the sagging or fatty tissues in the neck. Many chin surgery patients also require minor liposuction which enhances the chin and addresses fatty or sagging neck skin.

Chin implants can be placed from an incision inside the mouth for a completely hidden scar. They can also be placed through the skin under the jaw using a small incision. This images illustrates both incision approaches.

chin implants in a variety of sizes, Richmond VAThe simplest approach to chin augmentation is the placement of a chin implant. This minor operation is performed in the office with IV sedation. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and requires a 5-10 day recovery. New technology in biomaterials has shown silicone implants to be very successful and extremely well tolerated by the body. The new chin implants are natural feeling and follow the contours of the normal jaw line. These new type of implants are known as anatomic implants which means they come in many shapes and sizes to personalize the aesthetics of each patient.

When chin implants are properly inserted and fixation is used, the result is permanent. It takes about 25 minutes for the procedure and if for some reason the patient wants it removed or replaced, this can be done in 10 minutes with local anesthesia. Not many cosmetic procedures are both permanent but reversible!

Contemporary chin implants come in a vast array of sizes and shapes to allow the surgeon and the patient many options in facial enhancement.

The implants can be placed through an incision inside the mouth to avoid a scar on the face or under the chin in the natural skin crease. After chin surgery, the patient will experience minor swelling, bruising and temporary numbness of the lower lip. These conditions usually resolve over 1-2 weeks.

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